Wake Up And Smell No Coffee

By Steve Higgins
October 20, 2015 1:54 PM

It's day two of getting up early and making the most of my time, working hard on my projects. If you missed the set up to this then check out yesterday's blog post first.

This morning, I didn't quite jump out of bed on the dot of 6:30am as I did yesterday, I slept through my alarm for a few minutes but got up at 6:35 and repeated yesterday's routine, again getting down to some undistracted work between 7 and 9. I managed to spend an hour researching pop brands and making a list of the most popular online destinations for "millennials."

In the 8 o'clock hour I wrote a script for a YouTube video. I have this week's already made but haven't done next week's yet. So, I wrote a script and planned out a 'how to make a shrinking potion' video, tomorrow mornings's work will include shopping for the ingredients and props for the video.

On top of all of these life changes to make me more focussed and productive I've also previously started a healthy eating regime and I've cut out coffee, it's day 14 today and it's going really well. I'll talk about healthy eating at some other point, but today caffeine.

I haven't quit caffeine all together, I just wanted to make it more of an occasional rather than a daily or even multiple times a day thing. So in the 14 days I've had one coffee which was at a meeting with a friend. That's the kind of situation where I want to drink coffee, in a social setting as a treat.

I was previously a bit of a Diet Coke addict, and while Coke doesn't have as much caffeine as tea and coffee, there's enough in it, especially as I was drinking 4/5 cups of tea/coffee a day.

I'd heard that when quitting caffeine you can experience some side effects including headaches, tiredness and insomnia. It wasn't as bad as I thought, I did experience head aches on the second and third days so to ease the discomfort and save going cold turkey, I had half a can of Diet Coke on the afternoon of day two. I've also been eating a cube of dark chocolate a day as a I've heard it's good for you, removes chocolate/sweet cravings in general and it contains caffeine.

By the end of the first week my body was used to the missing caffeine, I felt no different, literally no different. I don't really have a good reason to quit caffeine, it doesn't keep me awake at night or give me the shakes. Apparently caffeine is perfectly safe to drink in pretty much any quantity for a healthy human...

I think I just liked the idea and the challenge of quitting, but as I said, only quitting in day to day life. I still want to be able to enjoy a coffee as a treat, or have a chat with a friend over coffee. Plus Starbucks Christmas drinks return for the holidays in a couple of weeks time, so I'm sure to want to taste a Starbucks festive magic at some point.

As I said yesterday, I'm going to be blogging my progress every day this week and then probably turn in to a once a week blog after that. Tomorrow I'll post an update on the morning's work and talk a little more about my health eating regime. Plus later in the week I'll share my research into hiring a virtual assistant in India.

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